Grades

We have 6 member grades reflecting different levels of PR experience and qualifications. Before you apply to join or upgrade, take a look at the detailed entry criteria for each grade. In brief:

Working in PR and/or have a PR qualification?

  • Associate (ACIPR): up to 2 years of PR experience or the CIPR Advanced Certificate
  • Member (MCIPR): 2 years or more of PR experience or the CIPR Diploma
  • Fellow (FCIPR): by nomination only

Based outside the UK?

  • Global Affliate: an online-only, non professional membership grade. It doesn't include a membership certificate or designatory letters or logos but does include our online resources and free membership of the CIPR International group
  • Or you can apply for Associate, Member or Fellow grade if you meet the criteria.

Not working in PR but interested in the profession?

  • Affiliate grade will keep you informed and up-to-date on the latest developments in the profession.

Student?

  • If you are studying on a UK undergraduate or postgraduate degree course you can apply for Student membership.

What will I get with my membership?

CIPR membership offers a comprehensive package of professional and business benefits and services. Access to some of these depends on your grade.

Fellow / MemberAssociateAffiliateGlobal AffiliateStudent
Code of Conduct
PR Register
CIPR CPD
Access to online resources
Training discounts
Business resources
Member meeting rooms
Member directory
Five CIPR groups
Designatory letters / logos
Accreditation opportunities
Voting in CIPR elections
Board / Council / Committees

What counts as public relations / communications experience?

Check our list of communications disciplines that count towards Associate and Member grade.

If you are currently working in PR and have more than 2 years' experience in a related disciplines such as journalism or marketing, you can fast track to Member (MCIPR) grade via the career conversion route: join as an Associate (ACIPR) and upgrade to Member (MCIPR) on completion of the CIPR Foundation Award, which will help you to make the transition into your new career.